Bernie Sanders is expected to spend his final primary night meeting with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — not before thousands of cheering supporters — as his campaign seeks to influence Clinton’s agenda against Republican Donald Trump.
Sanders plans to meet privately with Clinton in Washington on Tuesday evening as the District of Columbia holds the last primary of the Democratic race. The Vermont senator suggested in media interviews Sunday that an endorsement will not come immediately, saying he hopes to learn more about the kind of platform she will support.
“Dependent on how Secretary Clinton comes down on many of these major issues will determine how closely we can work with her,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Clinton is now the presumptive Democratic nominee and Sanders has shown signs of winding down his campaign. He met last week with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who both later endorsed Clinton, and held a Washington rally that included chants of “Thank you, Bernie.”
After spending a long weekend in Vermont, Sanders attended a vigil in his hometown Monday to show solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
Sanders said the Orlando shooting was carried out by “one hateful person” and was not committed by the Muslim people. To claim otherwise, he said, “is bigotry pure and simple.”
“Our job is not to allow politicians, Mr. Trump or anyone else, to divide us up by where our family came from, the color of our skin, our religion or our sexual orientation,” Sanders said.
Sanders will meet Tuesday with Senate Democrats during their weekly luncheon, following up on meetings last week with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the party’s incoming Senate leader.
Sanders has pledged to do everything he can to defeat Trump but it remains unclear what shape his campaign will take after Tuesday. He told reporters Sunday after meeting with supporters that he intends to take his campaign to the Philadelphia convention with an awareness of “who has received the most votes up to now.”
“He hopes to have a good discussion with (Clinton). After that we’ll think some more about the next steps of the campaign, but he has made it clear that the campaign will go to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where the issues that he fought for will be discussed,” said Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs.
Looking forward, Sanders has begun helping Democrats preparing for congressional races and the battle to regain control of the Senate.
An early test of his clout will come Tuesday in Nevada, where a Sanders-backed congressional candidate, Lucy Flores, competes in a three-way primary.
Sanders has opened up his campaign’s massive email donor list to several Democratic candidates, hauling in more than $2.4 million for his allies. Flores has been the top recipient of those appeals, collecting about $390,000 from an email Sanders sent in April on behalf of her and two other candidates.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
Be careful Bernie, she will make you false promises and then turn on you like everyone else.
My thought exactly. Knowing how often and how well she lies, if Sanders really expects anything positive out of The Liar, he’d better get it in writing and have a notary public there to verify everything.
Christopher S. O'Rourke says
Bernie, if I were you, I wouldn’t meet with that election cheater & thief. That damned POS white trash [email protected]&CH is bad news, she’s an evil wicked woman, the most evil woman there has ever been of all time. I would not have that meeting with her at all period, I would join the Green Party, and run on the Green Party ticket.
Well folks.here we go ! I can’t help but to fear a 3rd term.I am so afrai d what will come .I can only imagine what the whitehouse looks like with trators, lyers, cheaters, and criminals occupied by people Americans actually voted for .I am begging American women ,men,the Hispanic community to do there own research on clinton before you vote her in . I am obviously a republican , but not always I only recently jumped the fence not because of ads or trash talk on t.v. I had no clue about the clintons and may voted her in also .until I found the truth .it’s all public information .I chose not to listen to either party and invested a little bit of time to get the truth my self and I was horrified . I actually researched both nominees before they became nominees understanding the 2 would most likely be. Get the truth your self you don’t have to let some one else give it to .get it honestly and I promise what you find out about the clintons will scare you like it scared me . The thought of her being able to just squatt the whitehouse.makes me what to puke .I mentally vomit when I hear her speak .thinking I know she is pissed to be speaking and I’m not paying her .she is sick individual and if you do the research you will see
EEL RIVER says
I AGREE WITH YOU PAULA. EVERY WHERE THESE TWO HAVE BEEN, THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT MAJOR TROUBLE, ONE SCAM AFTER ANOTHER, AND A STEADY STREAM OF LIES TO COVER IT UP..
Diana Brooks says
AMEN! If it bears the Name CLINTON, RUN don’t walk! When you learn about White Water, factor in several other scandals, add the E-mail mess, Bengazi, the ” Clinton Foundation ” mess,. Protection from our Traitor in Chief , the Lies, and that it is rumored that Liz Warren (. Remember the IRS mess) as a possible running mate GOD IN HEAVEN HELP US!
Christopher S. O'Rourke says
I just read your comment Paula, I totally, entirely agree with you. I’m a retired Federal civil service employee who bought back my military time so I could retire after 40 faithful, loyal, patriotic, flag waving, Stars & stripes, dedicated years that consisted of the Naval Reserve-3/29/1972-6/26/1972, active duty Navy-6/27/1972-1/16/1987, worked for the Marine Corps at MCRD San Diego, the Navy at NAS Miramar
San Diego, the Air Force at AMARG(Aerospace, Maintanance and Regeneration Group) at Davis-Monthan AFB in the Loser City Tucson metro area. My retirement is taxed while double dipper Hitlery Killery ROTTON Clinton has 2 tax free Federal Government pensions and former Figurehead Sleazeball, draft dodger Bill Clinton has his tax free Figurehead pension, plus he has tax free pensions from the state of
Arkansas. The Clinton’s pay no taxes at all, while the rest of us get to pay taxes, WHAT A DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. If that Hitlery Killery ROTTON Clinton is our next Figurehead, I’m leaving the country, I’m in the process of selling everything I own that I don’t need, don’t want, after that is done, I ‘m out of the Loser City Tucson metro area and will go where I’ll be far enough away from the damned white trash Clinton’s and the Loser City Tucson metro area. I retired on 8/31/2012.
Wait a sec.
Don’t i remember Sanders repeatedly saying that he was going to have election results audited, especially in close states where it was obvious that the Klinton Klepto Kabal was stealing votes and/or putting BJ Billy’s security people between voters and the polls?
What happened, Bernie? Did you take the bribe? Did you sell out? Did you give up against the overpowering evil that is The Liar?
Christopher S. O'Rourke says
Constitutionalist, my guess would be most likely Bernie was threatened by none other than the damned POS white trash Clinton’s. The damned
Clinton’s are very rude, arrogant, ignorant, bigoted, racist,liars, cheaters, thieves, bossy, snotty, bullies, pushy, egotistical, swindlers of elections, primaries. The 1992, 1996 primaries, caucuses & general elections should have been observed by observers. We know where former Figurehead
Sleazeball, draft dodger Bill Clinton grew up in and also where Hitlery Killery ROTTON Clinton grew up in. Arkansas where political corruption is, always
has been and always will be the norm, and in Crook County, Illinois run by the Daley political dictatorship in the city of Chicago, where there like the states of Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, my no good ROTTON birthstate of New York, Arizona-what I call Mexizona, are, always have been and always will be politically crooked & corrupt. Wherever the Clinton’s go, they always bring corruption with them, and they go pointing their fingers at other countries leaders for being crooked & corrupt and they are doing the exact same thing on a bigger scale and lying about it. The Clinton’s are professional hypocrites. We need Donald Trump right now!!!!!! Donald a Trump all the way 2016
i agree with you that the Clintons are professionals – but i believe they’re professional criminals, not just hypocrites(though that’s horrible in and of itself). i have no doubt that they’ve committed virtually every crime known to mankind, both misdemeanors and felonies, including murders…and anything they have NOT done, they WANT to try.
i believe that Bill was complicit in selling US secrets to China while he was president, and that his wife has been complicit in multiple counts of treasonous behavior, everything from giving arms and money, transportation and training to avowed enemies of the United States to selling off uranium deposits to Russian communists, also enemies of the United States.
IMO, the pair of them are the most despicable excuses for animals impersonating human beings that have ever existed on this planet. To call them “demon-possessed” would be to give them an excuse – when there IS no excuse for their obscenely-filthy behavior. i believe that their satanic master is about to toss them both under the bus, though. Notoriously untrustworthy, you know.